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Safety of Transgenic Crops. Environmental and Agricultural
Basler Forum Technik & Gesellschaft 1995
Development and field testing of new agricultural crop varieties ist proceeding
rapidly, and several new agricultural biotechnology products are already entering
To expand public access and awareness on the progress in the safety
assessment of genetically modified crops, the Basel Forum on Biosafety
1995 will survey current efforts in safety research and regulation of
transgenic varieties. Environmental issues such as gene transfer,
invasiveness, target and non-target effects will be discussed on the basis
of actual case studies.
The audience will be offered an overview on the approaches aimed at
identifying and managing adverse impacts of genetically modified plants on
the ecosystem. The current state of knowledge and the trends in safety
research will be reviewed.
The Basel Forum on Biosafety 1995 has attracted more than 140
participants. The speakers surveyed the latest developments with respect
to application, biosafety research and regulation of transgenic crops.
Highly interesting were the perspectives outlined on how such crop
varieties might affect agricultural practices.